Openings of art exhibits were not in short supply last week, beginning Wednesday at The Hidden Lantern for the opening of Janet and Steve Thomas's photography exhibit. Richard and Anneke Heck and their dog, Mr. Darcy, Chris and Karen Phillips, Dave and Barb Sullivan, Leigh Moore, Mark and Cheryl Isham, Zuma Banks, Frank Greene, Lourdes Reynafarje, Robert and Malayne DeMars, and Robin Lowrey were some who attended.

Fire was the host site for the Chi Chi Miguel Sip & Shop luncheon to benefit Alaqua Animal Refuge on Friday.

That night was the opening reception for A+ Top of the Class exhibit at the South Walton campus of the Northwest Florida State College and saw the largest attendance of any exhibit to date. Present at the event were Joan Vienot, Robin Wiesneth, Betty Cork, Melody Bogle, Melissa Brown, Lauren Carvalho, Lori Drew, Beckie Perrott, Julie Terrell, Suzanne LeLoup-West, Donnelle Clark, Lori Drew, Carol Dickson, Beckie Perrott, Buz Livingston, Katherine Duda, Judy Dewar, Sharon Long, Michael and Sherri McCarty, Emily Ellis, Ann Welch, Donna Vann, Jennifer Steele, Susan Lucas, Joanne Jones, Didon Comer, Cheryl English, Cindy Graham, Joey McKenna, Susan Alfieri, Linda Sasse, Melanie Moore, Nancy Williams, Arlene Newsome, Kristina Perry, Mary Zahner, and Sue Carol Woodley.

John Morris poured some tasty, specially-imported boutique wines Friday outside Wine World at Grand Boulevard. The one that was the hands-down favorite of the women was the Bodegas Megallum Crianza, which tasted like cherry pie.

Jim and Emily Springer hosted a third birthday celebration for their son Lucas last Saturday at their Gulf Place home. Approximately 35 friends and family gathered and enjoyed the buffet, including grandmother Nancy Canning.

Publix at Grand Boulevard was a hopping place Sunday afternoon as dinnertime neared. I saw Mike and Angela Ragsdale, Lorene Gruzdis, and Dr. Cheng there.

Cody Copeland held his CD release signing at Seaside Rep Theater on Sunday night, which he termed a great success with a big, wonderful, captive audience. "I couldn't ask for a better night. I've poured so much into this album, the production, and the show, it felt like a graduation I've been looking forward to for years!" he said.

Locals turning out to attend Sara Comander's Town Hall meeting Monday night at the Coastal Branch Library included Charlotte Flynt, Sherry McCall, Anita Page, Billy Buzzett, Bonnie McQuiston, Frank Day, and Bob Hudson.

Local Chef Jennifer Bachman, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, prepared a gourmet birthday celebration feast for Ann Crutchfield at her Blue Mountain Beach home April 11. Lynne Watling and Penelope Risley are also April "birthday girls" and included in the festivities. Norm Crutchfield and Hollis Risley also attended.

Congratulations to James Murray and Rhonda Chaloupka on their nuptials aboard the Solaris last weekend.

Actress Reese Witherspoon was spotted in South Walton last week. She was seen in Seaside at their farmer's market, and she reportedly visited The Red Bar in Grayton Beach.

Chef Jim Shirley returned to the James Beard House in Pensacola on March 27 as part of the Viva 500 celebration.

Ron Hart was on CNN last Wednesday night.

The Easter Sunday services at Rosemary Beach got a mention in the Christian Post.

It's good to see Vicki McCain teaching again. Welcome back!

Keith and RoseAnn Knight welcomed their son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren down for a visit from Atlanta this week.

Robin and Charles Wiesneth have hit the waters off Virginia, sailing again, this time to Annapolis. Bon voyage!

Kelly Buzzett went to the Rock N Bowl in New Orleans.

Peggy Sue Mullen visited China.

Get well wishes go out to Billy McConnell.

Sympathy is expressed to H.C. Ford in the passing of Paula.

Wish a "happy birthday" today to Joan Vienot, and golfer Tony Chandler.

Tuesday to Carol Wenrick, and Sue Parsonnet.

Wednesday to Pam Holloway and Cowgirl Kitchen's Nikki Nickerson.

Thursday to Tresha Brown, and Fire's Mario McNally.


Deborah Wheeler is the arts and entertainment reporter for The Walton Sun. She may be reached at 654-8443 or email Her Party Line column appears weekly in The Sun.